Trio brings modern classical music to Jasper

Maria Angella and Lucia Ahn will perform will bring classical music to the Jasper Arts Center next Friday.

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JASPER — The Ahn Trio will perform at the Jasper Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. next Friday as part of the New Directions series, designed to appeal to all audiences but most particularly to 25- to 45-year-old patrons.

Hailed as “exacting and exciting musicians” by the Los Angeles Times, the three sisters of the Ahn Trio — Lucia on piano, Angella on violin and Maria on cello — have earned a distinguished reputation for embracing 21st-century classical music with their unique style and innovative collaborations.

The Ahn sisters were born in Seoul, Korea, and educated at the Julliard School in New York City. In 2011, President Obama invited the Ahn Trio to perform at the White House for a state dinner honoring South Korea.

Reflecting the two cultures they grew up in, the sisters bring an energy and excitement to the chamber music world. Composers including Michael Nyman, Maurice Jarre, Pat Metheny, Paul Schoenfield, Mark O’Connor, Kenji Bunch, Nikolai Kapustin and Paul Chihara have written works for them. The trio’s latest CD, “Lullaby for My Favorite Insomniac,” is a showcase of their fearless creativity and was No. 8 on the Billboard Charts for 26 weeks in the classical album category.

In the past 10 years, the trio has performed in all 50 states and more than 30 countries and has recorded six albums. From their first recording of “Ravel” to their joint album “Smetana,” recorded with Czech Grammy-winning rock group Tata Bojs, their albums have all received rave reviews. The sisters thrive on dissolving the barriers between art forms. They have fused their work with a range of musical genres and artists, including dancers, lighting designers and DJs.

Dedicated to educating and inspiring the next generation of musicians, the Ahns hold master classes and workshops across the United States and around the world. During their visit in Jasper, they will be featured at a brown bag lecture at noon next Friday in the Krempp Gallery.

Tickets for the group’s evening performance — priced at $33 for adults, $30 for senior citizens and $28 for students and children — are available by calling the arts center at 482-3070.

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